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Between Journeys   2nd missionary journey   3rd mission. journey   Paul at Jerusalem

Paul at Caesarea   Voyage to Rome   Paul at Rome

1.  The debate at Jerusalem

    a.  The dispute

      Acts1-6  And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and
      said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
      2.  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with
      them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go
      up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
      3.  And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and  
      Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all
      the brethren.
      4.  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of
      the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
      5.  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That
      it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
      6.  And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

    b.  The decision

      12.  Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul,
      declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
      13.  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren,
      hearken unto me:
      14.  Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of
      them a people for his name.
      15.  And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
      16.  After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is  
      fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
      17.  That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon
      whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
      18.  Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
      19.  Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the  
      Gentiles are turned to God:
      20.  But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from
      fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

    c.  The action taken

      Acts 15:22-29   Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to
      send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely,
      Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
      23.  And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and
      brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and
      Syria and Cilicia:
      24.  Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled
      you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the
      law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
      25.  It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men
      unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
      26.  Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
      27.  We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things
      by mouth.
      28.  For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater
      burden than these necessary things;
      29.  That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things
      strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.
      Fare ye well.

 2.  Paul and Barnabas at Antioch

    Acts 15:35   Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching
    the word of the Lord, with many others also.

 3. Paul rebukes Peter

    Galatians 2:11-21    Vs.11-13   But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him
    to the face, because he was to be blamed.
    12.  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when
    they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the
    13.  And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also
    was carried away with their dissimulation.